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May 2017

Mindset Matters for Parents and Adolescents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California
  • 2Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Center for Advanced Study of Behavorial Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(5):415-416. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.5160

An important responsibility of pediatricians is to help children achieve good health, resiliency, and developmental skills, especially when faced with adversity. While psychological factors have been shown to influence both physiological health and behavioral outcomes in a variety of settings, relatively little of this research has reached the world of clinical practice. The purpose of this commentary is to introduce the concept of mindset to pediatricians to stimulate research that may benefit children’s health and development. In addition, we hope to bring their attention to well-established evidence of interventions that may influence mindset and behaviors.

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